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Welcome to xbomber.co.uk; home of X-Bomber.

X-Bomber is a a fast, modern vertical-scrolling spaceshooter for Windows.

It is based on the Japanese sci-fi TV series; Star Fleet and features lots of arcade action, weapons and explosions.

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Media System Upgrades2014.09.14    Comment icon 0    x

The website's Media section has undergone a wide range of improvements:

  • Thumbnail size nearly doubled
  • More white space and clearer layout and navigation
  • Star Fleet section re-organised; incorporates the content of Shane Perry's Big Dai-X website
  • Audio/video and downloads more prominent in file listings

X-Bomber v0.83f2014.09.13    Comment icon 0    x

  • X-Bomber Special Weapon #9; Laser Sabre - Complete
    - Beams reflect off targets more reliably
  • X-Bomber turret logic improved
  • X-Bomber Special Weapons Updates
    - #3; Rotator Spread Gun - logic
    - #4; Plasma Cannon - logic and graphics
    - #5; Scalar Mass Driver - charge particle sprites
    - #7; Converging Laser Torpedos - logic
  • Dai-X Special Weapons Updates
    - #2; WingBlade - logic and graphics
    - #3; Rapid-fire Spread Gun - logic and graphics
    - #4; Plasma Grenade - logic and graphics
    - #8; Quantum Blaster - logic and graphics
  • Added more character dialogue
  • Update feature fixed
  • Player Ships
    - Issues with Skull Player ship - Detected and fixed - WingBlade afterburners added
    - WingBlade shield/HUD logic improved
  • Mission 08 volcanoes improved
  • Enemies
    - Added laser torpedoes and pulse guns to Attacker astrofighters
    - Added dual and alternating fire cycles to enemy turrets
    - Adjusted rotation logic on space mines
    - Early-in-game Boss ships - health doubled
  • System
    - Screengrab feature improved
    - Mission 8 shutdown glitch fixed
    - Fixed control mapping bug on options screen

News Round-Up2014.09.07    Comment icon 0    x

I found some impressive fan work relating to Star Fleet; in the first case, some nice models of the X-Bomber and the Alliance Cruiser and, in the second, a very accomplished painting of a familiar character from the show.

Articles like this show that the Star Fleet Wikia is going from-strength-to-strength:
I meant to write a feature about this a few months back. The Wiki really is incredible and I would recommend anyone to explore it.

Here is some more very impressive artwork of possible interest to Star Fleet fans:

A recent and very kind French review of X-Bomber the Game:
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Evolution Toys - Dai-X - Released2014.09.07    Comment icon 0    x

Evolution Toys' Dai-X is now in stock at HobbyLink Japan.

A UK supplier; Kapow Toys, found by vanessa, expects to have the item before the end of the month.

Click here for more images.

Development Updates2014.08.31    Comment icon 0    x

Despite the blow regarding online high scores, I've managed a fair deal of progress with X-Bomber in other areas.

For a long time now, I've noticed an intermittent glitch with Mission 8, where it would suddenly shut the game down for no apparent reason during the 4-5minute stage of the mission.
I tried to cure the problem long before but didn't succeed.
I believe I've now fixed it but I had to remove quite a few enemies from that part of the mission, which will have to be recreated.

Update:

I think I've pinpointed the line of code causing the problem. I re-created it and it seems to work a treat.
I could just re-insert the code for the enemies that I deleted but I think I'll recreate them and make them better this time.


In passing, I'm updating the mission's volcano sprites, which were OK but had room for improvement.

I'm equally happy with the improvements to the game's ability to capture screenshots of itself and display them in the menu.
The system worked perfectly well with space missions but rather less well on planetary ones.
The capture plugin seems not to get on well with objects that have the subtract filter applied.
The subtract filter blends the object with and darkens the background, making it useful for creating shadows.
Since practically all objects cast a shadow in X-Bomber, the results of capturing screengrabs of planetary missions were spectacularly variable.
In the end, I placed a large, rectangular active object with an additive blend over the entire screen, which then has its alpha-blend turned right up, making it invisible to the player but, apparently, not to the Capture plugin, allowing it to capture images of the planetary missions in the way you'd expect it to.

Issue with High Score Uploads2014.08.26    Comment icon 0    x

A recent update to Windows 7 and 8.1 (and maybe others) has broken compatibility with the MooSock plugin that X-Bomber uses to send high scores to the server.

The Get Object works fine as a replacement but Krystal Hosting's server blocks it and the plugin is simpler and can't be configured to work around the problem.

I'll try contacting Krystal to allow the connection but I may have to set the system up on a different host.

Anyway, I'm working on it, just keep saving your scores locally for now. I've created a thread here:
http://community.clickteam.com/threads/88691-Windows-appears-to-be-intercepting-Moosock.

v0.83f - Upcoming Version2014.08.15    Comment icon 0    x

Complete

  • X-Bomber Special Weapon #9; Laser Sabre - Complete
    - Beams reflect off targets more reliably
  • X-Bomber turret logic improved
  • X-Bomber Special Weapons Updates
    - #3; Rptator Spread Gun - logic
    - #4; Plasma Cannon logic and graphics
    - #5; Scalar Mass Driver - charge particle sprites
    - #7; Converging Laser Torpedos - logic
  • Dai-X Special Weapons Updates
    - #2; WingBlade - logic and graphics
    - #3; Rapid-fire Spread Gun - logic and graphics
    - #4; Plasma Grenade - logic and graphics
    - #8; Quantum Blaster - logic and graphics
  • Added more character dialogue
  • Update feature fixed
  • Player Ships
    - Issues with Skull Player ship - Detected and fixed - WingBlade afterburners added
    - WingBlade shield/HUD logic improved
  • Mission 08 volcanoes improved
  • Enemies
    - Added laser torpedoes and pulse guns to Attacker astrofighters
    - Added dual and alternating fire cycles to enemy turrets
    - Adjusted rotation logic on space mines
    - Early-in-game Boss ships - health doubled
  • System
    - Screengrab feature improved
    - Mission 8 shutdown glitch fixed
    - Fixed control mapping bug on options screen

Incomplete

  • Complete Mission 16 mid-way boss
  • Improve updater system so that:
    - the game displays, in the main menu, whether an update exists
    - the updater will display details of the latest release if an update is available

X-Bomber Remaster Fansub2014.08.02    Comment icon 0    x

Eddie Frank emailed me on Tuesday about his fansub of X-Bomber Episode 1, created using the X-Bomber Remaster DVDs and Episode 1 Translation, given to me by BladeZ.

Watch the video here.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching it and I thank Eddie for allowing me to upload the file here.

Fusion 2.52014.07.16    Comment icon 0    x

Clickteam have released a new version of their development software to replace Multimedia Fusion 2, which has served me very well over the last 7 years (after a shaky start).

I thought it best to give them a few months to iron out any bugs in Clickteam Fusion 2.5 first but I ordered it the other week and am planning on building the next version of X-Bomber using it, depending on how much conversion work is required.

My only hesitation in installing CF 2.5 because I couldn't say whether it will overwrite my existing MMF 2.
I could always install it on my test machine first and see how things go with it.

High Score Uploads2014.05.09    Comment icon 0    x

X-Bomber v0.83c solves the problem with uploading high scores to the website.
However, I haven't forgotten about trying to get previous versions to upload to our new server.
Krystal Hosting aren't making it that easy and suggested that I call them but, since I'm at work Mon-Fri this week and next, that'll have to wait.

If you have a score that you want to upload in the mean-time, update to v0.83c. 0.83c can then open the high-scores file from your \Windows folder and upload your score.

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